New resources highlight critical role of nonhuman primates in medical research

By | September 6, 2016

A new white paper stresses the essential role that non-human primates (NHPs) play in advancing human health.  “The Critical Role of Nonhuman Primates in Medical Research,” is the result of efforts led by the Foundation for Biomedical Research with collaboration from eight other scientific organizations, including the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and two of its member societies, the American Physiological Society and the Endocrine Society.

The white paper describes how NHPs were essential for the development of life-saving vaccines, medications to prevent the spread of HIV from mother to child, and cancer chemotherapies. They continue to be critical in our efforts to harness the body’s immune system to destroy cancers, develop a vaccine to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS, map brain function to better understand psychiatric and neurological disorders, and better control blood pressure. To read more about the critical role of NHPs in biomedical research, download the white paper.

FASEB also developed a one-page document detailing medical advances that were made possible by NHP research. In addition, it describes how the use of NHPs in research is strictly regulated. This factsheet was developed to complement FASEB’s other animal research factsheets—Animal Research Saves Lives and Facts on Studies with Dogs.

 

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